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Thursday 9th May 2013:
Bringing the Curriculum Alive with Sensory-rich Play
This lively and practical course shows how practitioners can use low or no-cost sensory-rich resources to support the three prime areas and four specific areas of the Statutory Framework for the EYFS. Drawing itself upon the three characteristics of effective learning the course offers a good mix of contemporary research findings, fun activities, illuminating play observations, and opportunities for practitioner reflection to help bring learning to life. This highly sensory session will show inspiring techniques for delivering the curriculum in a fun and inclusive way to achieve a balance between adult-initiated and child-led learning and play.
The courses will be charged at £135 per day per delegate, to include lunch, refreshments, training handouts and a training certificate. Please email email@example.com for more details.
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An Introduction to Play to Z's Training Portfolio
Play to Z provides high quality training and workshops for early years practitioners, teachers, students, parents and carers. Early years researcher, consultant and trainer Sue Gascoyne, designs and provides training and workshops nationally and internationally to help practitioners maximise learning through sensory play. Sue is an experienced and accomplished trainer, recognised for her contribution to the Early Years sector through the coveted Nursery World Trainer of the Year Award in 2009. Since then Sue has run workshops and presented at numerous national and international Conferences including the 21st and 22nd ECEERA Conference, BECERA, The Education Show, and GCC conference in Saudi Arabia to list just a few. As well as regularly writing in the national press Sue is a published author:
The Statutory Framework for the EYFS recognises the characteristics of effective learning as Playing and Exploring, Active Learning, Creating and Thinking Creatively. Adults too benefit from a good mix of learning through play, hands-on exploration and opportunities for being creative. As well as being highly participative and practically linked to the EYFS, all our courses and sessions feature the following ingredients, essential for maximising the positive benefits of training:
Our training is flexible with sessions tailor-made to suit the needs of particular settings, participants or themes. Although all our courses and sessions feature Sensory Play and /or Treasure Baskets their benefits are far more wide reaching. For some the hands-on medium of sensory play is a particularly empowering way of introducing other, less accessible issues like pedagogy, adult’s role in supporting play, getting the adult/child-led balance right, brain development, schemas and the EYFS. The benefits and learning gained are relevant and transferable to numerous aspects of child care and development and are designed to support good practice through changing hearts and minds.
Research underpins all our training with all our courses and parent sessions drawing upon the extensive findings of contemporary and independent research. Play to Z has instigated the following research projects:
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